Cockerill slams ‘unacceptable’ performance

Date published: December 11 2016

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has blamed his side's poor kicking game for their heavy Champions Cup defeat to Munster.

The Tigers were blown away by a rampant Munster side who inflicted Leicester with their biggest European defeat ever after going down 38-0.

"We kicked poorly and invited Munster to run at us," Cockerill said after the game.

"If you keep allowing sides like Munster to do that you are going to get penalised, people are going to get sent to the bin or you will concede tries, which is what we did."

While Leicester were poor, a lot of it had to do with how good Munster played. Their defence was excellent as they gave the opposition no room to run at them.

"Credit to them," Cockerill said. "They have good players who are well coached and they deserved their win. They only allowed us to play a small amount of what we wanted to do.

"I'm disappointed with the performance. Full stop," Cockerill added. "There is no point pretending that parts of it were all right because the reality is, and that starts with me, that performance was not acceptable. 38-0, without putting words into headlines, is not where we want to be."